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Communications from Aerial Platform Networks delivering Broadband Communications for All

Objective

Today's users of broadband are generally dependant upon either cable or satellite technologies for the connection to their home or office. Cable can provide excellent capability, particularly fibre, but is only commercially viable in high usage areas. Satellite provides widespread geographic coverage but has limited capability & capacity.

The Capanina project will develop broadband capability from aerial platforms including High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) to deliver cost effective solutions providing a viable alternative to cable and satellite, with the potential to reach rural, urban and travelling users.

Examples of HAPs include airships and solar powered aeroplanes operating at altitudes of around 20km, well above any air traffic. CAPANINA builds on the FP5 HeliNet project (IST-1999-11214) that illustrated the enormous potential of broadband from HAPs and developed an outline system design. The technology developed will deliver data rates to fixed and moving users of up to 120Mbit/s anywhere within a HAPs' 60km dia coverage area.

Free-space optic and mm-wave technologies will be used for backhaul & interplatform links providing seamless integration with existing infrastructure.

To provide flexibility and to ensure timely delivery of commercial benefits a two-stage approach will be implemented yielding near term viable solutions and outlining the scope for longer term higher risk developments:
- An evolving aerial platform system test-bed supporting broadband services, e.g. high-speed Internet, corporate communications & video on demand, will be evaluated on a low-altitude tethered aerostat, a stratospheric balloon and potentially a HAP. Unique to this architecture the test-bed will also be used to obtain mm-wave band propagation measurements to fixed and moving users.
-A system outline will be developed with capability to provide up to 120Mbit/s to vehicles travelling at up to 500km/h, interfacing to on board wireless LAN access.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF YORK
Address
Heslington Hall

United Kingdom

Participants (11)

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Asastral Park, Aquarius G10 Pp5, Martleham Heath
IP5 3RE Martleham Heath
BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS
Hungary
CARLO GAVAZZI SPACE SPA
Italy
Address
Via Gallarate
20151 Milano
CONTRAVES SPACE AG
Switzerland
Address
Schaffhauser Str.
8052 Zurich
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
Address
Jaquet-droz
2007 Neuchatel
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.
Germany
Address

82230 Wessling
EUROCONCEPTS S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Pinelli
10144 Torino
JOZEF STEFAN INSTITUTE
Slovenia
Address
Jamova
1000 Ljubljana
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi
10129 Torino
SKYLINC LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Tower House, Fisher Gate
YO10 4UA York
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
C/ Jordi Girona Salgado
08034 Barcelona